The world is gearing up for the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris in December 2015, the next step in a seemingly marathon process to reach a UN-level agreement to tackle climate change. With disappointing results from Lima and Copenhagen, there is increasing pressure for 190 countries to agree to genuine climate action in Paris. Alongside the major players such as the EU and China, the world will watch closely the climate commitments made by the U.S in the lead-up to COP 21.
However, there are major challenges to overcome, not least how best to protect economic growth while cutting CO2 emissions and how to encourage the international community to adopt climate friendly policies as energy and consumer demands increase in emerging and middle income countries. U.S. President Barack Obama has made a series of climate change commitments during his Administration, including commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, reducing pollution, and seeking agreements with third partners, such as China, on climate targets.
But will it be enough? Will we finally see new ambitious targets for climate action in Paris? What role is the U.S playing in reducing its own carbon intensity and leading by example? Join YPFP and three American climate change experts to discuss the road from DC to Paris in the run-up to COP 21.
To discuss these developments and more, YPFP Brussels with the generous support of the US Mission to the EU, invite you to join us for a debate and cocktail reception on the politics and process of COP21.
- Vicky Arroyo, Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center at Georgetown.
- Alden Meyer, Director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Christine Parthemore, Director for climate and food security at the Center for American Progress.
- David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor, World Wildlife Fund.